Posts Tagged ‘2010 NFL Draft’

NFL Scouting Combine vs. Patriots Draft Picks: A Four-Year Study

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Illinois’ Michael Buchanan hit New England’s criteria at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine. And he fit the draft board as a seventh-round flier that April. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

The NFL Scouting Combine is what it is.

It is a way to meet prospects off the field and evaluate how their game film translates on the field. It is not a be-all, end-all in determining a draft hopeful’s future, but it is a way to compare and contrast physical and athletic measurements in a neutral environment.

And when teams apply their respective criteria to the subjects at hand, trends are the byproduct, as Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots have evidenced over the last several years.

The Patriots personnel department has drafted 36 players since 2010. The collection consists of two quarterbacks, two running backs, three tight ends, four wide receivers, three offensive tackles, one center, three defensive ends, two defensive tackles, six linebackers, five cornerbacks, three safeties and a punter.

Six of whom had to wait until their pro days, while 30 of whom were invited to Indianapolis.

But courtesy of the and archives, here’s a closer look into their vital numbers by position. Because while we do not know what the future will bring this May, history is often a trajectory of the future. (more…)

Re-Grading the 2010 Patriots Draft Picks: Late-Round Selections

Friday, February 22nd, 2013
Zac Robinson Signs Contract With Patriots

Pictured: Not Tom Brady.

NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

As a result of four compensatory selections, the Patriots had five picks in the final two rounds of the 2010 NFL draft. But with the exception of defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick, the No. 247 overall pick, the other four late-round picks never found a long-term role on the Patriots roster.

The lone non-compensatory selection of the five, No. 208 overall selection Thomas Welch out of Vanderbilt, was active for three games as a backup offensive lineman during the 2011 selection. The other three — North Carolina State center Ted Larsen (No. 205 overall), Georgia defensive tackle Kade Weston (No. 248) and Oklahoma State quarterback Zac Robinson (No. 250) — never made the Patriots’ 53-man roster.


Re-Grading the 2010 Patriots Draft Picks: Brandon Deaderick

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
Brandon Deaderick Patriots

Brandon Deaderick has been a solid addition for the Patriots. (Photo:

NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

With just two installments in NEPD’s 2010 draft re-grades, we skip ahead to seventh-round pick (No. 247 overall) Brandon Deaderick, their final draft selection in that draft class who spent a significant stint of time on their roster during the regular season.

One of the Patriots’ biggest needs going into the 2013 NFL draft is for a pass-rushing defensive tackle who can line up next to Vince Wilfork inside, and part of the reason for that is that Brandon Deaderick has not established as a quality long-term starting option inside. But considering the Patriots drafted Deaderick with a compensatory seventh-round selection, they should be very happy with what they’ve gotten out of him.

While Deaderick is not able to generate much pressure as an interior penetrator, he is a strong interior lineman who is a solid run-stopping defensive tackle. Upon his insertion into the starting lineup in the 2012, he was at least a definite upgrade over Kyle Love.

Starting as a defensive end in the Patriots’ 3-4 defense in 2010, and becoming a defensive tackle with their conversion to a 4-3 base defense, Deaderick has remained a steady part of the Patriots’ rotation in all three of his NFL seasons. He has played in 34 regular-season games over three seasons, and has 14 combined starts.

Whether the Patriots will keep Deaderick after his contract runs out after next season is uncertain, but he would be worth keeping as a rotational player. He is a good player against the run, can kick outside to defensive end in a pinch and provides solid, reliable depth.

What Deaderick is not is a starting-caliber, three-down defensive tackle. That said, the Patriots would have truly gotten a steal if Deaderick turned into that. Considering the small investment they put into Deaderick, the return value has been far greater.

Deaderick has been more productive than some of the defensive linemen selected ahead of him, and would likely grade out as a fourth-round pick in a 2010 re-draft.

Grade: A-

Re-Grading the 2010 Patriots Draft Picks: Zoltan Mesko

Monday, February 18th, 2013
Zoltan Mesko NFL Draft

Zoltan Mesko has been a good investment for the Patriots.

NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

The notion of drafting a punter at all is often laughed at, but given the importance of punting to establishing field position in an NFL game, a quality punter is well worth a mid-round pick.

The Patriots employed that strategy in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft when they selected Zoltan Mesko with the No. 150 overall pick. Their investment has paid off, as the Patriots have found a punter who fits what they do very well.


Re-Grading the 2010 Patriots Draft Picks: Aaron Hernandez

Friday, February 15th, 2013
Aaron Hernandez Patriots Titans

The Patriots got an early-round talent from a fourth-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. (Photo: US Presswire)

By the time the Patriots reached the third day of the 2010 NFL Draft, they had already drafted one bargain at tight end in Rob Gronkowski, and one Florida player who slipped due to character concerns in middle linebacker Brandon Spikes. That didn’t stop them from getting Aaron Hernandez, another player fitting both criteria, in Round 4.


Re-Grading the 2010 Patriots Draft Picks: Taylor Price

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
Patriots Draft WR

The Patriots got no production from Taylor Price, their 2010 third-round pick.

NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

The Patriots were looking for another fast and dynamic outside receiving weapon when they drafted Taylor Price out of Ohio with the No. 90 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. Price, however, never materialized into a productive NFL player.


Re-Grading The 2010 Patriots Draft Picks: Brandon Spikes

Monday, February 11th, 2013
Brandon Spikes Patriots

Through ups and downs, Brandon Spikes has still been great value as a late second-round pick. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

Once considered a possible first-round pick, Florida middle linebacker Brandon Spikes fell to the No. 62 overall pick of the 2010 NFL draft due to character concerns and very poor 40-yard dash times (5.03 and 5.10 seconds) at his Pro Day. The Patriots used their third second-round pick of that year’s draft to pick Spikes, their second consecutive pick from Urban Meyer’s Gators team in that draft.


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